Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thesis at Politecnico di Milano: Latex template

Here you can read a complete vademecum (written in italian) to write a thesis at Politecnico di Milano. All those instruction are provided in the AIRLab's wiki (AIRLab is the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano).

It is recommended to use LaTeX for an automated process of writing and well ordered output. It is also provided a useful template to start to set the structure of all the thesis.

To use LaTeX in a Linux system Ubuntu-like you have to install the package texlive.
So, for example, you can install it launching in a terminal the command:

sudo apt-get install texlive

Then you can start using LaTeX in two ways:

1) by command line

For example, once you have downloaded the template and you changed you directory in the folder where you extracted it, you can compile the thesis launching:

latex tesi

you will obtain a file .dvi which can be converted in .ps or .pdf by:

dvips tesi.dvi


There are many other arguments and commands to have a complete compilation of the LaTeX code: they are specified in the README.txt of the template. You can also compile your thesis using the provided script, which contains all the commands for a complete compilation of your thesis:

./ tesi

2) by an editor/compiler

Many of them are listed here.